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December 2008
On December 24, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement the recently enacted Short-Term Analog Flash and Emergency Readiness (SAFER) Act. The SAFER Act directs the Commission to develop a “nightlight” program to permit stations to continue to broadcast analog signals for 30 days after the February 17, 2009 DTV transition deadline for the limited purpose of providing public safety and digital television (“DTV”) transition information. The Notice describes the FCC’s framework for implementing the nightlight program and establishes an expedited public comment period. The notice was published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2008, thereby establishing Monday, January 5, 2009 as the deadline for comments, and Thursday, January 8 as the deadline for reply comments.

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December 2008
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  • FCC Fines Mississippi Radio Station $13,000 for Failure to Inform Federal Aviation Administration of Antenna Structure Lighting Malfunction and Failure to Maintain a Public Inspection File
  • Commission Fines Nevada Radio Licensee $5,600 for Failing to Enclose Tower With an Effective Locked Fence
  • FCC Fines New Mexico Radio Station $10,000 for Operating from an Unauthorized Location

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December 2008
On December 24, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement the recently enacted Short-Term Analog Flash and Emergency Readiness (SAFER) Act. The SAFER Act directs the Commission to develop a “nightlight” program to permit stations to continue to broadcast analog signals for 30 days after the February 17, 2009 DTV transition deadline for the limited purpose of providing public safety and digital television (“DTV”) transition information. The Notice describes the FCC’s framework for implementing the nightlight program and establishes an expedited public comment period. The notice was published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2008, thereby establishing Monday, January 5, 2009 as the deadline for comments, and Thursday, January 8 as the deadline for reply comments.

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December 2008
This Broadcast Station EEO Advisory is directed to radio and television stations licensed to communities in: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York and Oklahoma, and highlights the upcoming deadlines for compliance with the FCC’s EEO Rule.

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December 2008
On December 2, 2008, the FCC extended the reply comment date in its sweeping Universal Service Fund (“USF”) Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the “FNPRM”) until December 22, 2008. USF is an almost $7 billion program overseen by the FCC that promotes the availability of affordable telecommunications services throughout the United States. Funds are made available to schools and libraries, low-income residential consumers and telephone companies operating in high cost areas.

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December 2008
This Advisory is designed to aid commercial, as well as noncommercial educational, radio and television station broadcasters in complying with the FCC’s public inspection file rules. See 47 C.F.R. §§ 73.3526 and 73.3527. This Advisory tracks the public access, content, retention and organizational requirements of those regulations, as well as summarizes the public information requirements mandated by passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.

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November 2008
Reminder: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has set aside $1,000 per eligible low-power television station, for the purchase of digital-to-analog conversion devices. Individual grants come from a Federal fund limited to $1 million and are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis until February 17, 2009.

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November 2008
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  • FCC Upholds $9,000 Fine for Noncommercial FM Radio Station Airing Advertisements
  • FCC Fines New York AM Radio Station $12,800 for Failing to Sign Off at Sunset, Failing to Maintain Daytime Operating Power, Failing to Maintain an Operational Emergency Alert System, and Failing to Maintain a Complete Public Inspection File

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November 2008
Commercial and noncommercial Radio stations licensed to communities in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota must file their Biennial Ownership Reports with the FCC by December 1, 2008. Commercial and noncommercial Television stations licensed to communities in the States of Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont must also file their Biennial Ownership Reports by the same deadline.

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November 2008
This Broadcast Station EEO Advisory is directed to radio and television stations licensed to communities in: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont, and highlights the upcoming deadlines for compliance with the FCC’s EEO Rule.

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